Chair

Murray Campbell, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Campbell practises exclusively in the pension and employee benefits area, and is the head of his firm’s Pension and Employee Benefits Group. He is legal counsel for over two dozen multiemployer pension and health and welfare plans, as well as numerous sponsors of single employer arrangements. He has advised on many disputes relating to pension and benefit plans, and is involved in all manners of compliance and governance issues arising out of the administration of such plans. He is a frequent speaker on pension and benefit issues.

Faculty

Thomas G. Anderson, Q.C., Anderson Pension Law Consulting, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Anderson has been a member of the BC Bar since 1978 and specializes in pension law, particularly in a family law context. He is a consultant for pension plans and family lawyers. He assisted the BC government in developing legislation governing the division of pensions on marriage breakdown (now Part 6 of the BC Family Relations Act) and is the principal author of Questions and Answers about Pension Division on Marriage Breakdown in British Columbia (BCLI 2000). He is the editor of the standard BC manual on drafting family law agreements, Family Law Agreements - Annotated Precedents. He was also a long time member of the board of the British Columbia Law Institute. Mr. Anderson chaired a committee in 2005-2006 that, at the request of the BC Attorney General, reviewed and made recommendations concerning the operation of BC pension division legislation, many of which have been incorporated in the new Family Law Act. Mr. Anderson is a frequent speaker and presenter.
 
Barb Bilsland, President, Bilsland Griffith Benefit Administrators, Burnaby, BC. Formerly, Ms. Bilsland was a Principal at the Vancouver office of a global pension and benefits consulting firm, where she led the outsourcing/administration practice. She graduated from the University of Victoria and from British Columbia Institute of Technology’s human resources technology program and has worked in the pension and benefits industry for the past 18 years. Ms. Bilsland is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute.
 
Brendan George, Partner, George & Bell Consulting, Vancouver, BC. Mr. George has worked in the pension and investment fields for 18 years. His areas of specialization include the financing and actuarial analysis of pension plans and investment consulting. Mr. George’s clients include pension plans, insurance funds, workers’ compensation funds, endowments and foundations. Mr. George has designed and implemented pension plans and supplementary pension plans. He also has experience with investment policy design and monitoring, investment manager searches, as well as performing risk analysis and asset-liability projections. Mr. George holds a Bachelor of Economic Science (with Distinction) in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (England), a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. He is a frequent speaker at industry events.
 
Stephanie Griffith, Executive Vice President, Bilsland Griffith Benefit Administrators, Burnaby, BC. Ms. Griffith is responsible for providing high level administration consulting services to negotiated cost multiemployer pension and benefit plans operating across BC. Formerly, she was a Principal at the Vancouver office of a global pension and benefits consulting firm for 13 years. Ms. Griffith graduated from McMaster University and has been in the pension and benefits industry for more than 16 years. She is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute.
 
Karen J. Hall, Associate Partner, Aon Hewitt, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Hall has extensive experience consulting to clients in the design, implementation and administration of retirement arrangements. She provides pension and actuarial consulting services to Aon Hewitt clients in BC and across the country. Ms. Hall has particular experience in the design of benefits and funding policies for Target Benefit pension plans and is a contributor to Aon Hewitt’s recently published series of Guides to Target Benefit plans. She is also the Chair of Aon Hewitt’s national task force focused on supporting and bringing innovation to public sector pension plans. Ms. Hall is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
 
Jay Parker, Executive Director, University of British Columbia (UBC) Staff Pension Plan, Vancouver, BC. With over $900 million in assets, the UBC Staff Pension Plan provides benefits to over 6,500 active and 3,400 former staff employees of UBC and related employers. As Executive Director, Mr. Parker leads the UBC Pension Administration Office in administering the Staff Pension Plan. He has been the Plan Administrator since he joined UBC in 1992 and has been a member of the Pension Board that oversees the Staff Pension Plan since 1997. Mr. Parker’s previous positions were with MPR Teltech, Husky Oil, Union Oil, Foothills Hospital, and Woodward’s. Mr. Parker has a Bachelor of Arts from UBC and has attained the Humber College CEBS designation. He is a member of the BC Regional Council and the National Board for the Association of Canadian Pension Management (ACPM).
 
John Smith, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mr. Smith has a wide ranging practice covering commercial law, securities and M&A, as well as significant trust matters. Mr. Smith also has a long history of dealing with pension plans and serves on the Pension Committee of a significant corporation. A significant part of his practice is devoted to advising trustees and other fiduciaries about the extent and discharge of their duties. Mr. Smith is widely published, has lectured extensively, and is teaching a section of the Trusts course at the UBC Faculty of Law in Winter Term 2012-2013.